After a snowy delay of a few days, the spring semester has begun at MTSU. At the Center, we are excited about having our graduate research assistants back. We have a lot of exciting projects for them to work on over the next four months. To start off the semester, we are also partnering with the Association of Graduate Students in History for a professional development workshop on January 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Heritage Center.
The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area has completed a heritage development plan for the Salem Cemetery Battlefield in Madison County. A well-documented skirmish took place in this rural cemetery outside of Jackson, and the setting remains movingly evocative of the period. Read more here from Dr. Stacey Graham.
Among several Center projects on tap for completion in 2018 is our survey of the Santa Fe Trail in Missouri. To learn more about the project, see the Southern Rambles blog post by Amy Kostine, the Center’s Trail of Tears project historian.
Congratulations to December 2017 graduates! Please join the Center in congratulating all of the MTSU graduates, including our research fellow, Ginna Foster Cannon, and our programs manager, Lydia Simpson. Both received their doctoral degrees in Public History and were hooded by Center Director Carroll Van West. Dr. Cannon’s dissertation on historic hotels in Tennessee will be available through Walker Library’s Middle Tennessee Theses and Dissertations digital collection, and Dr. Simpson’s on the synthetic textile industry in southern Appalachia will be available digitally through ProQuest.
Happy holidays, everyone! Please remember that Middle Tennessee State University will be closed for the holidays from December 22 through January 1. This will include the Center’s Black House and Harrison House offices on campus, as well as the Heritage Center in downtown Murfreesboro. We hope everyone has a safe and happy break!
We always love seeing the continued preservation and recognition of great sites! With the help of the congregation, the CHP placed First Baptist Church, Lauderdale, in Memphis on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 for its association with the city’s African American, civil rights, and religious history. The Colonial Revival landmark will be included in the Memphis Heritage Trail driving tour brochure.
Teaching with Primary Sources–MTSU will be presenting two poster sessions at the 2017 National Council for Social Studies Conference in San Francisco, November 17-19. One session will feature two new lesson plans on immigration to America, developed by TPS veteran teachers Barbara Marks (Watertown High School) and Taylor Kilgore (Whitwell Middle School). The other session will feature TPS–MTSU’s wide range of resources exploring the expansion of citizenship from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Marks’s lesson plan includes a section on reformer Jane Addams, shown here (image courtesy of the Library of Congress).
Our 2016-2017 annual report highlights the Center’s accomplishments and those of our largest program, the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. We are grateful to our partners and our students for all of their contributions to a very rewarding year. Be sure to read about our field work projects, digital resources, publications, exhibits, resource surveys, heritage development plans, and teacher workshops.